Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Twins at Four Months

Anders at four months: 16 lbs. and 26 1/4 inches
Hadley at four months: 15 lbs., 8 oz. and 25 1/4 inches

 Hadley has started to get frowny/whiny when we walk away from her and out of her eyeline. She is definitely a baby who feeds off of attention--when anyone makes eye contact, she lights up like that person's the best thing that ever happened to her. As you can imagine, it makes us all want to lock eyes with her as much as possible.
 Anders needs to figure out what you're doing for half a second before he engages in a smiling match; then he gets pretty grinny. He's always startled easily, but now he must feel safe enough to find it funny instead of scary, so we can lean in and say "Boo!" to make his body jump--and then he laughs.

The twins take turns in the Bjorn, the Exersaucer and the Jumperoo these days, but they remain in the Table for Two for basically all their bottles and they're swaddled and in their Rock 'n' Plays for naps and nighttime.

 They've begun to hold hands on purpose throughout the day, and it seems like instinct--they look befuddled when they are grasping each other, but they still seem to get some comfort from it even if they don't know why.

 Since these pictures were taken (on Monday 3/24 to be exact), the twins suddenly went down to two naps a day. I wasn't expecting it yet, but they just took a slightly late morning nap and then a slightly long afternoon nap, and there was no time for a third before they went to bed for the night! Their current schedule is:

7:30-wake up
9:30-11:30 nap
1:30-3:30 nap
7:15-go to sleep

This is so much better because it allows me to feed them at 11:30 and pack everyone up in relative good spirits to pick up whichever boy(s) needs getting. I also did a couple of dropoffs with everyone in the morning--it's less fun because there's SO much that needs to get done simultaneously between waking up and getting out the door, but it's still possible! A whole new world!

We are...not inconspicuous. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Belatedly: Bridget is Two!

We woke Bridget up with the traditional (in our house) birthday balloons--although I think we're going to have to stop getting one per year of life since we now have FIVE kids and next year that means SIXTEEN balloons? No thanks! She barely woke up while we sang Happy Birthday to her in bed, but the sight of her muffin with a candle in it was all it took.

Our family party was small, since Dave couldn't make it home for dinner and we figured we'd be celebrating more energetically that weekend with her friends (which ended up getting postponed).

Auntie Kerry came over and gave her a beautiful dress and some snuggle time to Anders:

Big girl bed! 

Bridge has the patience for only a few pages of any of these stories,
but her brothers LOVE the Jake stories and the Sofia ones...
and I sheepishly admit that I get excited to read the princess ones, too.
Ballerina sheets!

A cozy coupe! (She looooves ride-on toys)

The engineers get to work

Beautiful girl

This picture sums up Bridget's personality perfectly.
We had to push back the "friend party" one week because the birthday girl had a rogue throw-up incident the Thursday night prior and we didn't want to risk spreading it. (A runny nose? Fine. Vomit? Better safe than sorry.)

B. got a dog theme for the second year in a row (Ceci laughed at me for my compulsion to make everything themed) so I ordered these adorable mom (or dad!) dogs holding puppies in their mouths, and then I ordered dog bone cookie cutters and made sugar cookies and tied them around the dogs' necks like very strange Ziploc bag collars. I was going to take it a step further and tie in something about "doggie bags" but...even I have a line past which I just don't have time for this, even when it's related to the theme!

Bridget with James

Bridget with Paige

Bridget with Charlotte

With Jude in an Anywhere chair built for two
We had a great time that entire week (and a half). I think the twins will be lucky if we throw them a party before they are five, but maybe that's just the post-birthday-season fatigue talking. I'll probably be all revved up for a new bunch of themes by the time November rolls around!